Bombings kill at least 42 in Iraq

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Associated Press

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 23 at 7:01 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 42 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid a fragile political transition.

In oil-rich Kirkuk, long disputed by Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government, the deputy police chief says three bombs went off in a crowded commercial district, killing 31 people and wounding dozens.

Earlier in Baghdad, according to police officer, a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the gate of the intelligence headquarters in Karrada district, killing six civilians and five security personnel. He says 24 other people were wounded.

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